“What was your family’s signature dish growing up?”
“What food makes a bad day not so bad at all?”
“What dish, beyond a shadow of a doubt, says HOME to you?”
Our very own Matt Mattingly, Manager of Historic Interpretation and the National Colonial Farm (or as we call him, the Colonial Iron Chef!), has been asking these very questions and delighting visitors each third Saturday during the operating season with a variety of food recipes from our region’s cultural past. Each January, he hunkers down with a stack of books, sorting through recipes and stories of our culinary history, selecting the most interesting, testing them in the office kitchen, and recruiting a few adventurous staff taste-testers. It’s a process that we all look forward to, especially as the scents of baked apples and pies waft through the office around lunch time! The ones that make the cut are then presented, with the help of volunteers and interpretive staff, to the public during the season.
This year, we’d like to hear YOUR fondest food story. Share a traditional family recipe that really says “home” to you and show us your Way of Food. Selected recipes will be featured during the September 21 event, “New Traditions,” which will be a presentation of “The Way of Food: A Kitchen Demonstration of Foodways,” and you’ll be invited to present a new tradition with us.
Here is a preview of what is on the menu this season:
March 16 – “Garden Party”
April 20 – “Sweeet!”
Cookies of 1812
An Italian Pudding
May 18 – “The Chicken and the Egg; A Love Story”
Williamsburg Stuffed Eggs
June 15 – “Say What?”
A Liver Pudding
July 20 – “We Go Together”
Sausage and Apples
To Dress a Loin of Pork with Onions
August 17 – “You Say Potato, I say Lumper”
A Potato Pye
Sweet Potatoes Aflame!
September 21 – “New Traditions”
YOUR family tradition HERE
October 19 – “Sumthin’ Fishy”
To Make Ketchup to Keep 20 Years
November 16 featuring Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham
To share your food story submission, upload a video or photo along with a brief explanation of what made this food recipe special to you and your family to the National Colonial Facebook page, or share your story in the comments section here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.